Grateful Dead Live at Sports Arena on 1994-12-18
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Subject: 12-18-1994 LA Roadtrip
caveat: this show should get about a 3.5...more on the songs that are good than the listening quality, which is tolerable
Subject: 2 Stars
Subject: Raunchy and Good Ol' Grateful Dead
They come out real strong with a one-two punch, a powerful Touch of Grey and a rockin Greatest Story Ever Told. They hit all the changes still charging ahead with spunkall singing We will get by!. I think the previous night's energy from the Branford show spilled well into this show. Jerry tuning after indictes an Althea coming up, it has quite a bouncey uptempo obviously still reeling from the openers. I think they were going faster than the tele-promters because Jerry mixes up quite a few lines. Walkin Blues really has it goin on, has a real great groove and sounds going on not too extended. Next is a rare appearnce of Phils Tom Thumbs Blues welcome with a lot of crowd enthusiasum. It starts a little rough but pulls together quickly into a true gem. Bobby then picks up the acoustic guitar for nice working-over of Marty Robbins El Paso. I think he even gets all or most of the lyrics. Loose Lucy gets the crowd in a real boogie. This one I think well represents the gooey blues-funk sound that worked real well in the later years. Two minute breather then a fast-tempo yet most beatiful and thick Let it Grow. It charges full-steam into a Jerry fury complete a la Phil smart bombs. A real good way to throw and exclamation point on an a great set.
For set two you could feel the excitement it in the air. They were firing on all cylanders in set one A little tuning and a drums kicks it off set 2!!! About a minute or two of drums twisted into a powerful and well-played Victim or the Crime. It gets way out there. Obviously a drummers choice with Vince and Jerry doing some even more interesting stuff in there. This is fades into, ahhhhhh Crazy Fingers! The 1st time the band has actually relaxed into a slow groove all night. It is loaded with Jerry-eMotion and still sparks-it-up. The gone are the days harmonizing is very stong with Jerry stomping his signatures solos all over. The end jam is long and goes way over-the-top. Phil and Jerry hammering their strings with the drums Bobby and Vince throwing-in the accents and back into the Crazy Fingers theme that quickly turns into a nice and raunchy Playin in the Band. Jerry actually tries to throw all the picks in that he wasnt doing the past few years. Anyway, the place was in full-tilt-boogie with the big sounds and high-peak-rolls. We were back riding that crest of the wave!!! Playin was jammed well into a nicely executed Lady with a Fan. It seems like some of the band is still fast on the tempo and Jerry was trying to calm things down. They start to rock out like a freight train from the Crickets and Cicadas line and beyond into the land of Terrapin. It was a short 20 minute drums/space that creeped into The Stones Last Time. I always found rockin songs hard coming out of space but this one is gentle and fun. It builds everyone into frenzy before slowing down and transitioning perfectly into ATTICS!!! Finally my 1st. It was done quite emotionally and right on-the-money. Before you knew it Johnny B Goode is putting us all into another crazy state and the show is over. You get a clue to this when it seems if they play any harder the stacks would blow up. Quite an increbile set.
To top is all off a very nicely played Baby Blue encore. It had been some time for me and Baby Blue. Left the show feeling wonderful and fully satisfied.
Subject: My First Show
Subject: jerrry gets
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